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How to enable Advanced Data Protection for iCloud on an iPhone

How to enable Advanced Data Protection in iCloud: You can add end-to-end encryption to many of the apps backed up through iCloud. Here’s a step-by-step guide to enabling the new security feature.

In late 2022 Apple announced Advanced Data Protection for some of the most important apps users back-up to the iCloud storage locker. Now, with the launch of iOS 16.3, the feature is available for iPhone users in the UK to access.

The new feature adds end-to-end encryption to the data backed up via Messages, Photos, Notes, Safari, Reminders, Voice Memos and more. Once enabled, the feature protects that data with the company’s “highest level of cloud data security.”

Apple will not have access to any of the data, nor a key, and only the user will be able to decrypt the information via their trusted devices. The idea is to make the user’s most precious iCloud data impervious to would-be snoops.

Here is a step by step guide to enabling Advanced Datas Protection for iCloud on an iPhone.

What you’ll need

  • An Apple iPhone compatible with iOS 16 (iPhone 8 and up)
  • At least iOS 16.3 installed on the phone (Settings > General > Software Update)

The Short Version

  • Open the Settings app on the iPhone (the silver cog icon)
  • Tap [Your Name] at the top of the display
  • Select iCloud
  • Scroll down and select Advanced Data Protection
  • Turn on Advanced Data Protection
  • From the pop up, hit Set Up Account Recovery
  • Select Add Recovery Contact or Recovery Key as a safeguard if you lose access to your account.
  1. Step

    Open the Settings app on iPhone

    Tap the silver cog icon to access the main Settings pageiPhone Advanced Data Recovery

  2. Step

    Tap [Your Name] at the top of the page

    This takes you to your personal account settings, including for your Apple ID, iCloud and more
    iPhone Advanced Data Recovery

  3. Step

    Select iCloud from the list

    This page offers options for managing your iCloud settingsiPhone Advanced Data Recovery

  4. Step

    Scroll down until you see Advanced Data Protection

    This new option is quite far down on the list, towards the bottom of the display.iPhone Advanced Data Recovery

  5. Step

    Turn on Advanced Data Protection

    Here you’ll see the full lowdown on what this feature will protectiPhone Advanced Data Recovery

  6. Step

    Set up Account Recovery

    You’ll see a pop up advising that you set up an alternate method for accessing your data.

  7. Step

    Choose an Account Recovery Method

    Here, you can choose to add a contact or turn and a 28-character recovery key you’ll need to keep safe. This completes the process. It may take a while for the new backup to be completed.iPhone Advanced Data Recovery

From here you will see that Advanced Data Protection is enabled on your iPhone, giving you a little added piece of mind when it comes to your most private data iPhone data.

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